Richard Gere Net Worth
American actor Richard Gere has a net worth of $120 million. Richard Gere began his acting career in the 1970s and is best known for his roles in “Pretty Woman,” “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and “Chicago,” among others.
He has been nominated for many Golden Globe and SAG Awards, among other acting distinctions, and he actively works for the human rights of Tibetans in his native country.
Known for his ability to play a variety of roles, Richard Gere has long been considered one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men.
Richard Tiffany Gere was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on August 31, 1949. Mother Doris Ann and father Homer George Gere were both employed by the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as insurance agents.
At North Syracuse Central High School, where he was a standout trumpet player and gymnast, Gere earned his diploma in 1967.
He received a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he declared a philosophy degree but dropped out after just two semesters.
Career in Acting
Richard was a rising star in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions during his formative years.
In 1969, he made his professional stage debuts at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod.
In 1973, he made his Broadway debut in the original London production of Grease. While playing a gay Holocaust survivor on Broadway, Gere became one of the first Hollywood actors to portray an openly homosexual role. A Theater World Award was given to him for his performance.
In the middle to late ’70s, Richard Gere began to participate in Hollywood films. Sylvester Stallone replaced him in 1974’s The Lords of Flatbush because of a quarrel between the two actors.
After appearing in films such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), a drama, and Terence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1986), a spiritual drama, his career took off swiftly (1978).
However, it was his appearance in the 1980 film American Gigolo that catapulted Gere to stardom and made him a sex icon.
In 1982, he starred in the smash picture An Officer and a Gentleman with Debra Winger, solidifying his position as one of Hollywood’s top leading men.
With a combined total of $130 million, Gere’s roles in both of these films catapulted him to prominence. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble.
Gere made a comeback in 1990 with the publication of Internal Affairs, following a quiet decade in the 1980s.
In the same year, Gere starred as Edward Lewis, a powerful businessman, alongside Julie Roberts in Pretty Woman. Richard received his second Golden Globe nomination for the film, which was a huge hit at the box office.
From 1996 to 1999, Gere starred in Sommersby and Primal Fear as well as the 1999 film Runaway Bride. As recently as 1999, Gere was voted the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
The Mothman Prophecies and Unfaithful marked the beginning of a new decade for him (both 2002 releases). Gere’s first Golden Globe Award came in 2002, when he featured in the musical film Chicago.
Shall We Dance? was a 2004 film in which Gere had to demonstrate his ballroom dancing prowess. The picture raked in $170 million around the world.
After starring in I’m Not There, a semi-biographical film about Bob Dylan, in 2007, he had a resurgence in popularity. Nights in Rodanthe, starring Gere and Diane Lane, was a commercial success (earning $84 million worldwide) but was critically derided by critics.
Gere’s most recent feature film, Nights in Rodanthe, was released by a big studio. Gere has been accused of being exiled from Hollywood because of his views on China, a significant source of funding for major studios.
Since then, he’s appeared in a slew of independent films. In 2012, he was nominated for a fourth Golden Globe for the independent film Arbitrage.
In Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, he made a striking departure from the type of character he typically portrays. ‘consistently, absolutely fascinating’ is how RogerEbert.com described his performance of Norman Oppenheimer in the film.
Richard Gere has maintained a continuous film presence over the course of four decades, frequently surprising viewers with new bursts of artistry and charisma. Gere is an accomplished musician as well as a gifted performer.
Pretty Woman piano theme and Runaway Bride guitar solo were both penned and performed by him. For his roles in Chicago and An Officer and a Gentleman, he also practised tap dancing and karate.
With his high-profile marriage to Cindy Crawford, his Buddhist beliefs and political support for Tibet, Gere has also generated news away from the cameras in the past few decades. Penelope Milford was his long-term girlfriend from 1971 to 1978.
Priscilla Presley and Kim Basinger were two of the women he had brief romances with in the 1980s. Cary Lowell, a model and actress, was married to Gere in November of 2002.
Homer James Jigme Gere, their first child, was born in February of that year. They divorced in New York County Supreme Court in 2013, after a lengthy and contentious legal battle. It ended in October of this year.
In early April of last year, Gere married Spanish activist Alejandra Silva, and the couple welcomed a son in February of this year.
As previously stated, Gere is a human rights champion in Tibet. Among his many accomplishments are co-founding Tibet House in the United States, establishing the Gere Foundation, and serving as chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet’s board of directors. Due to his support of the Tibetan independence movement, he is barred from entering China.
Gere is a supporter of Survival International, a non-profit dedicated to safeguarding the land and rights of indigenous communities all over the globe. Survival International receives a portion of the profits and sales from his 2009 book, We Are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples.
Gere also works to raise awareness about environmental issues and AIDS. In India, he was instrumental in the establishment of the AIDS Care Home, a residence for women and children suffering from the disease. As of 1999, the Gere Foundation India Trust was established by Richard.
Gere donated $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign in 2016, and he backed and lobbied for her during the 2016 election.
It was called Strongheart Manor, and it was purchased by Richard in 2005 for $6.9 million near Sag Harbor, New York (in Southampton). Expansive lawns and 300 feet of bay frontage are found on the six-acre property.
The 14,000-square-foot main house was the focus of substantial renovations over the next five years. Richard put the home on the market for $70 million in 2013. In the end, he agreed to accept $36.5 million after negotiating the price down to $47.5 million.
Matt Lauer, a television host, was the buyer.
This is Richard’s primary residence in Pound Ridge, New York, a sprawling 50+ acre complex estate. Richard put the property up for sale in January 2022 for $28 million.
He also has a stake in the Bedford Post Inn, which is located not far from here.
When Richard and Silva purchased a 35-acre estate in North Salem, New York, in 2020, they paid $10.5 million across two transactions (the first transaction cost $9.8 million).
New York City is also where he has a residence.